For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He that taketh the wise in their craftiness: and again, The Lord knoweth the reasonings of the wise, that they are vain. Wherefore let no one glory in men. For all things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
– 1 Corinthians 3:19-23
I have read this verse on several occasions. It gives me a comfort in yielding to faith. But no sense of rest comes when met with the unsettling reality that some men live in their diluted perception of wisdom without realizing their damning foolishness.
“The idea of God was not a lie but a device of the unconscious which needed to be decoded by psychology. A personal god was nothing more than an exalted father-figure: desire for such a deity sprang from infantile yearnings for a powerful, protective father, for justice and fairness and for life to go on forever. God is simply a projection of these desires, feared and worshipped by human beings out of an abiding sense of helplessness. Religion belonged to the infancy of the human race; it had been a necessary stage in the transition from childhood to maturity. It had promoted ethical values which were essential to society. Now that humanity had come of age, however, it should be left behind.”
– Sigmund Freud
Not only does this quote reflect the rejection of God and His scriptures from past culture, but it represents the reasoning of the society in which we live today. Dr. Freud may be beyond prayer, but those who cling to his words as a means of intellectual security should still be scribed into our daily, hourly, and constant prayer.